If you thought getting a table at Per Se was tough, try getting into Rao’s. On second thought, don’t. Rao’s (pronounced “RAY-ohs”) is really a private club without the dues. To eat here, you’ll need a personal invite from one of the heavy hitters who “owns” a table. CEOs, actors, politicians, news personalities and neighborhood old-timers have a long-standing arrangement with legendary owner Frankie “No” Pellegrino, and that's what ensures a seat at one of the ten tables. Reading this review is probably the closest you’ll get to Rao’s, so check out Frank Jr.’s Baldoria instead.
455 E 114th St
|Cross street:||at Pleasant Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri, dinner by reservation only|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 116th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $20. Cash only|